13 Sep 2007

Fiji Law Society fined after its lawyers fail to turn up in court

10:35 am on 13 September 2007

The Fiji Law Society has been ordered to pay court costs after its lawyers failed to turn up in a case it has brought against the state.

The Law Society was seeking a judicial review of the appointment of the acting chief justice, Anthony Gates, by a meeting of the Judicial Services Commission chaired by Justice Nazhat Shameem.

The appointment took place after the former chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki, was suspended from his position pending a hearing of the charges against him by a tribunal.

The vice president of the Fiji Law Society, Tupou Draunidalo, says they were not represented in the case, which was called in chambers, because of miscommunication among their lawyers.

The case will be heard again on November the 12th.